DIY Stationery for Valentine’s Day

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

It’s super fun and easy to make your own hand­made sta­tionery for Valentine’s Day. Here are three sim­ple tech­niques for fold­ing ordi­nary copy paper into an origami enve­lope, mak­ing heart-shaped stamps and stick­ers, and cre­at­ing glue from sweet-smelling gummy bears. Let’s get started!

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

How To Make The Stamps

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

What You Need

  • Copy Paper A4, white or colored
  • Pen­cils with rub­ber erasers
  • Lint roller
  • Baker’s twine
  • Ink pads: red, orange, blue, and green
  • Bot­tle caps and craft foam for the heart-shaped stamps
  • Heart-shaped stamp pen

Note: If you’re mak­ing these with young chil­dren, it’s best to use wash­able ink or watercolors.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 1
Ink the pen­cil erasers and make dots all over the paper. Use at least two dif­fer­ent col­ors. Let it dry.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 2
To make the stamps, use bot­tle caps and craft foam and fol­low my tuto­r­ial for mak­ing hol­i­day stamps. Instead of cut­ting tree shapes, make hearts. It’s best to plan on mak­ing these the day before, so that the glue has time to dry.

Ink the heart-shaped stamps with red and orange ink and press all over a piece of paper.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 3
Stick the baker’s twine to the lint roller in the shape of two dinosaurs. Ink the twine and roll it over the paper. Tip: If you only cover half of the lint roller with your shapes, add a line of twine around the top of the roller to keep the adhe­sive from stick­ing to the paper.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Let the paper dry.

How To Fold An Origami Envelope

How to fold an origami envelope

It’s easy to fold origami enve­lope with A4 copy paper. Just fol­low the pho­to­graph above.

  1. Fold the paper in half hor­i­zon­tally and crease. Unfold.
  2. Fold the top-left cor­ner down to meet the crease. Fold the bottom-right cor­ner up to meet the crease.
  3. Fold the left and right sides to meet the edges of the first folds.
  4. Fold the two cor­ners inward so that they meet in the middle.
  5. Open up your enve­lope to write a note.
  6. Close it again by tuck­ing the cor­ners under the flaps at the edges.
DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Turn it over and address your letter!

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

The enve­lope itself can be your let­ter with your valentine’s note writ­ten inside. Or cut a small card to fit in, if you like. If you decide to fill it with some sweets, cover the gap with stick­ers or tape or add a small piece of paper on top of the candy.

How To Make The Stickers

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

What You Need

  • Copy paper, A4 and white
  • Col­ored paper
  • Black marker
  • 5 to 6 gummy bears*
  • Small glass and a brush
  • Small pan with water
  • Ink pads, red and orange
  • Heart-shaped stamps made from bot­tle caps and craft foam (see above)
  • Heart-shaped stamp pen
  • Heart-shaped hole punch
  • Scis­sors

* Veg­ans: Use pectin or sea­weed extracts with sugar and your favorite fla­vor­ing instead of the gummy bears.

Step 1
Design your own stick­ers by draw­ing or stamp­ing a lot of hearts on the paper. Draw some funny faces or animals.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 2
Heat the gummy bears care­fully on low heat in a small glass inside a pan with a bit of water. The bears should melt after 5 min­utes, then you’ve got a per­fect gelatin glue. You could use the microwave too.

Step 3
Brush the glue over the back­side of the paper. If the glue starts to get jelly-like again, just reheat it. Let it dry until it’s not sticky any­more (about 6 hours).

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Step 4
Cut the stick­ers and stamps and dec­o­rate your valentine’s enve­lope with them. Punch some hearts from col­ored paper too.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Use a small enve­lope to hold the stickers.

DIY Valentine's Day Stationery

Your Valentine’s Day sta­tionery is ready for you to use or to give as a sweet gift!

Happy Valentine’s Day!